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Bumble Bee Cannery Museum

39th Street, Pier 39 100, Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2502
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Ranked #18 of 23 Attractions in Astoria
Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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556 reviews 556 reviews
225 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

the museum here is very limited - a selection of machinery and some information panels in the old factory building. it takes a lot of imagination to picture this place as a functioning cannery. However, the location is very picturesque and it is worth 10+ minutes of your time as it is free

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Albuquerque
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is worth a short stop, but the museum could be so much more interesting and informative. For example, if they told more about the life of a cannery worker during those times, or more about the process of fishing for the cannery. We'd rather have paid and seen a more well-developed set of exhibits.

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Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Strangers are left to wander through a section of the old Buble Bee tuna cannery while draped with an eerie feeling they can hear echoes of past conversation. The understated setting grabes the outsider and moves them through the cannery with the feeling that everyone has gone for the day but will clock in with the dawn. Machinery, equipment, notes,... More

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Austin, Texas
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56 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A neat museum and area that educates you to how canneries used to operate. Lots of artifacts and pictures. There is no tour guide, so you can walk around at your leisure. It is free which is always a bonus, but I kind of like guided tours so that I can learn more about the history (although if that were... More

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Montesano, Washington
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This may not be the most exciting location in Astoria, but it's entirely free and just open to explore during open hours. You can hear the water, smell the scents, feel the cool dark storage and processing areas, etc. There is a wall where everybody who worked there signed their names and the years they worked at the cannery...and that... More

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

There is a ton of history to explore while in Astoria, my BIL remembers touring this factory as a child so it was a must do on our list. I am sad to report that while it is a museum it is all in the open, there is no tour guide and I fear that the elements will eventually win... More

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Portland, Oregon
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16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum was very educational on what the cannery was like 20-30 years ago. Very informative with nice artifacts / pictures.

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Moorpark, California
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We spent 30 minutes looking at pictures and equipment. It was interesting and my kids enjoyed it too. It was free and with a mini side trip to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is not a fancy museum, but nice to wander around and see the old cannery equipment and the fishing boats. You gain a real respect for the people who worked at this place, once a Bumble Bee cannery. I like that it is authentic, low-key and not gussied up. Other cool things: sounds of the barking sea lions offshore,... More

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Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Unfortunately, this business is now in Alaska - interesting displays, though. We spent some interesting time here.

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